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Saturday News: Irish Abortion Ban Repealed; Trump Orders Rollback of Civil Service Protections; Weinstein Arrested; Chris Hayes on “Despicable” Trump Policy Separating Children From Parents


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 26.

  • bluevirginia

    This photo says it all about newly minted VA-06 GOP nominee Ben Cline. 1) He’s buddy-buddy with theocratic extremist nutter Cynthia Dunbar; 2) he’s wearing a “Guns Save Lives” sticker; 3) he’s wearing a “Save Our Monuments” sticker. Any further questions?


  • Virginia DEQ dumps this load of crap on the Friday evening before Memorial Day weekend. Cowards.


  • Andy Schmookler

    I’ve been hearing some smart and good people (on MSNBC shows) talking about Rosenstein RESIGNING rather than complying with Trump’s inappropriate/illegal demands. For example, the otherwise excellent Harry Litman argues in a Washington Post piece, titled, “Rosenstein and Wray have only one real weapon: Resignation” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rosenstein-and-wray-have-only-one-real-weapon-resignation/2018/05/25/0a19e03e-5f83-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html?utm_term=.381012fec057&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1):

    “Rosenstein and Wray could credibly have chosen to resign rather than carry out either of these outrageous demands. Resignations are a time-honored response for executive-branch officials and Cabinet members ,,,confronting orders that violate their consciences or oaths of office.”

    I don’t know if I’m missing something, as unlike Litman I’ve never served in the U.S. Department of Justice, but this seems plain wrong-headed to me. Resignation makes their departure the choice of the person standing up for what’s right. It does not require the lawless President to put his fingerprints on their removal from office.

    Better than resignation, it seems to me, is to take the stand of straight-forward disobedience. “Sorry, Mr. President, but your order is a violation of the American legal order, and I cannot in good conscience, and in fidelity to my oath of office, obey it.”

    Which means staying in place, and giving the President the choice between backing off, or FIRING them.

    Rosenstein should NEVER resign. What he should do — if it comes to that — is stand his ground, and make sure that if he’s ousted, the people know he didn’t jump but was pushed by the President.

    Murder, not suicide, is the way to maximize the costs to President Trump.

  • I must have missed Trump and others on the right getting all upset about this. Wonder why not? Hmmmm…so hard to figure out. LOL